Legalization of Marijuana

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Legalization of Marijuana

Marijuana also known as cannabis sativa has been falsely criticized since the beginning of
the century. The fact is that the legalization of marijuana can have positive effects.
Marijuana has been proven to be less likely to create crime, it can be used as a medicine,
and isn't any more harmful than most other legal substances on the market. It's hard to
understand why it is illegal. Legalizing marijuana would reduce the numbers in our
prisons, help the country's Ill citizens, and make money for the government by taxing the
plant.

There is no feasible way to completely abolish drug use in the United States. As with
Prohibition of Alcohol in the earlier part of this century, the fight against drugs has
backfired. The United States is spending billions of dollars a year to fight a war, which
over the last 60 years, has shown that it cannot be won. "So let's use a little reverse
psychology on the subject. What would happen if marijuana or other illegal drugs were
legalized" (Rosenthal, 133)?

First, the billions of dollars that the government is spending trying to abolish illegal
drugs would be put to better use and the government would be able to tax the "new drugs"
just as they do alcohol and tobacco. These monies could then be spent to provide better
education on the affects of drugs and drug abuse, better healthcare, and research on
medical uses of drugs such as marijuana. "Also, the government would be able to regulate
the quality of "products" on the market, resulting in fewer deaths caused by overdosing
and by "junk" drugs" (Grinspoon, Lester, 167).

Second, with government regulation, including sale and distribution, the big drug dealers
would no longer be in control. The drugs would be made affordable or free to those who are
addicted, thus decreasing crimes such as petty theft. The streets would be much safer to
walk on, because the crack dealer on the corner would no longer be pushing drugs to young
children. "Since the drug dealers would no longer have "areas of distribution" (turf),
there would be a decline in gang war crimes such as murder and accidental
shootings"(Matthews, Patrick, 205).

Third, if legalized, hemp and marijuana crops could take the place of part, or all, of the
small farmer's regular crops. They are both good rotational crops that need little
tending, and it has been shown that they replace nutrients back into the soil that are
lost in the growth of normal crops such as wheat and corn. "This would bring in additional
revenue to the farmers, keeping them in business, and provide even more tax revenue to the
government" (Rosenthal, Ed, 97). Also, a new retail market would emerge since hemp can be
manufactured into clothing, paper products, oils, and fuels, and marijuana has medicinal
purposes. It is often prescribed to AIDS, cancer and glaucoma patients. If the plant were
legal, people wouldn't have to sneak behind the governments back just to smoke it. If it
relieves their pain, why can't people take advantage of it? How can the government hold
this plant back based on false research and propaganda? ? Legalizing this plant would free
this medicine. That effect can greatly help society. Glaucoma patients rely heavily on
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